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Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi says Ncuti Gatwa will make "amazing" Doctor

"With his huge talent and heart, I know Ncuti will make an amazing Doctor."

Ncuti Gatwa and Peter Capaldi
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Published: Friday, 13th May 2022 at 10:44 am
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The Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi has offered his congratulations to Doctor Who's new leading man Ncuti Gatwa, praising his "huge talent and heart".


It was announced over the weekend that Gatwa had won the coveted lead role in Doctor Who, and will make his debut as the Time Lord after Jodie Whittaker bows out of the series next year.

Capaldi is among several former Doctors to offer his congratulations to Gatwa, including Matt Smith, Sylvester McCoy, David Tennant and Whittaker herself.

“What a great story – a little boy whose family escaped from the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and at age two, finds refuge in Scotland, where he grows up to become Doctor Who," Capaldi said.

Ncuti Gatwa attends the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards 2022 at The Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2022 in London, England.
Ncuti Gatwa at the Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards last weekend Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

“That’s a story to be proud. With his huge talent and heart, I know Ncuti will make an amazing Doctor. How exciting," he added, in a clip for STV News.

Gatwa, who's best known for playing fan-favourite Eric on Sex Education, recently took to Instagram to thank a number of previous Doctor Who stars for their "beautiful words of support".

The actor wrote he was "stunned and speechless" at the reaction to him taking over the role of the Doctor.

"There are a lot of thank you’s in this caption so please excuse the cringe. But mans feeling hella grateful at the moment [sic]," he said.

"The Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker and Mr David Tennant for your beautiful words of support and encouragement on BAFTA day," he added. "I was absolutely cacking my pants and honestly speaking to you two was priceless."


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